2000 PBA All-Filipino Cup

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2000 PBA All-Filipino Cup
Duration February 20 - June 11, 2000
TV partner/s Viva TV (IBC)
Finals
Champions Alaska Milkmen
  runners-up Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
Awards
Best Player Kenneth Duremdes (Alaska)
Finals MVP Kenneth Duremdes (Alaska)
All-Filipino Cup
← 1999

2001 →

The 2000 PBA All-Filipino Cup or known as the 2000 Alaxan PBA All-Filipino Cup for sponsorship reasons, is the first conference of the 2000 PBA season. It started on February 20 and ended on June 11, 2000.

Elimination round[edit]

Team standings[edit]

Qualified for quarterfinals with
the twice to beat advantage
Qualified for quarterfinals with
the twice to win disadvantage
# Team W L PCT GB PD PO
1 Tanduay Rhum Masters 12 2 .857 --
2 San Miguel Beermen 10 4 .714 2 +9
3 Alaska Milkmen 10 4 .714 2 −9
4 Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 8 6 .571 4
5 Sta. Lucia Realtors 6 8 .429 6 +10
6 Pop Cola 800s 6 8 .429 6 −10
7 Mobiline Phone Pals 5 9 .357 7 +24
8 Barangay Ginebra Kings 5 9 .357 7 +3 Symbol confirmed.svg
9 Shell Velocity 5 9 .357 7 –27 Symbol unrelated.svg
10 Batang Red Bull Energizers 3 11 .214 9

Note: Red Bull had to forfeit two of their wins (both against Sta. Lucia) when they fielded an ineligible player

Bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals
(Top 4 twice-to-beat)
    Semifinals
(Best-of-5)
    Finals
(Best-of-7)
                             
  1  Tanduay 101    
  8  Brgy. Ginebra 78    
            1  Tanduay 1    
    (Best-of-3)       4  Purefoods 3  
  4  Purefoods 68 89
  5  Sta. Lucia 93 79  
    4  Purefoods 1
          3  Alaska 4
  2  San Miguel 82    
  7  Mobiline 61    
            2  San Miguel 1
    (Best-of-3)     3  Alaska 3     Third-place playoff
  3  Alaska 81     1  Tanduay 103
  6  Pop Cola 67       2  San Miguel 92

8th-seed playoff[edit]

May 7
Shell Velocity 68, Barangay Ginebra Kings 71

Mobiline had a better quotient on their games among Shell and Barangay Ginebra hence they were awarded with the #7 seed. [1]

Quarterfinals[edit]

May 10
Tanduay Rhum Masters 101, Barangay Ginebra Kings 78
May 10
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 68, Sta. Lucia Realtors 93
May 12
San Miguel Beermen 82, Mobiline Phone Pals 61
May 12
Alaska Milkmen 81, Pop Cola 800s 67
May 14
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 89, Sta. Lucia Realtors 79

Best-of-five semifinals[edit]

Tanduay–Purefoods series[edit]

May 17
Tanduay Rhum Masters 91, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 79
May 19
Tanduay Rhum Masters 85, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 75
May 21
Tanduay Rhum Masters 93, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 70
Tanduay wins series, 3–0
On May 22, PBA commissioner Jun Bernardino forfeited Tanduay's Games 2 and 3 victories in favor of Purefoods for the deportation of Sonny Alvarado. Purefoods now leads the series 2–1.
May 24
Tanduay Rhum Masters vs. Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
Game postponed
May 26
Tanduay Rhum Masters vs. Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
Game postponed indefinitely
May 31
Tanduay Rhum Masters 71, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 72 OT
Purefoods wins series, 3–1

The day after Tanduay swept the series 3–0, the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) revoked Sonny Alvarado's Filipino citizenship as it uncovered that the player used fraudulent papers; consequently, the BID ordered Alvarado's deportation. This caused PBA commissioner Jun Bernardino to forfeit two of Tanduay's semifinal wins (Games 2 and 3) since Alvarado played on those games (he didn't play on the first game). The league earlier forfeited Batang Red Bull's wins when 18-year-old Kerby Raymundo was found to have deficient academic credentials. With the forfeitures, the series would have resumed on Game 4 with Purefoods leading the series 2–1; however, Tanduay secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) that prevented the league from staging Game 4 of their series.[2] The league suspended the Game 4 on the May 24 playdate, the first time a game has been suspended for a cause other than a typhoon, an earthquake, or a bomb threat.[3]

PBA legal counsel Butch Cleofe warned that Tanduay faced suspension from the league, a hefty fine and even expulsion when it fails to show up on the May 26 playdate. A P500,000 fine faced the franchise plus other penalties the commissioner may impose.[4] Prior to the game, Tanduay was able to secure an extension of the TRO hence Game 4 was suspended for a second time; this has been the first time a PBA game has been suspended via a court order. The league has already lost P600,000 on gate receipts and Viva TV lost about P2 million in TV commercials.[5] The league rejected Tanduay's offer of resetting the series with them leading 1–0, with the games that Alvarado played declared as "no contests"; the league insisted that the Rhum Masters play Game 4 with them trailing 1–2.[6] On May 30, Tanduay relented and agreed to play Game 4 with them trailing 1–2. Bernardino would deal with Tanduay's actions "accordingly with due process". To prevent such events from happening again, the PBA Board has decided that Filipino-Americans would have to secure clearances from the BID and the Department of Justice (DOJ; previously, only a BID clearance was sufficient).[7]

When Game 4 was finally played, the game went into overtime; Purefoods' Boyet Fernandez converted a three-point field goal with 0.2 of a second remaining to seal Purefoods' unlikely Finals qualification against 1990s rival Alaska.[8]

San Miguel–Alaska series[edit]

May 17
San Miguel Beermen 70, Alaska Milkmen 77
May 19
San Miguel Beermen 77, Alaska Milkmen 75
May 21
San Miguel Beermen 78, Alaska Milkmen 83
May 24
San Miguel Beermen 83, Alaska Milkmen 86
Alaska wins series, 3–1

Playoff for third place[edit]

June 2
Tanduay Rhum Masters 103, San Miguel Beermen 92
Tanduay clinch third place

Finals[edit]

June 2
Alaska Milkmen 59, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 73
June 4
Alaska Milkmen 93, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 76
June 7
Alaska Milkmen 79, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 71
June 9
Alaska Milkmen 88, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 75
June 11
Alaska Milkmen 85, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 84
Alaska wins series, 4–1

Alaska won the title on Game 5 despite trailing by six points late in the fourth quarter; Rodney Santos and Poch Juinio carried the scoring slack when Bong Hawkins and Johnny Abarrientos had bad starts. Abarrientos was able to make it up by hitting a jump-shot to give the Milkmen the lead 85–82. Noy Castillo converted both free-throws to cut the lead to one. Alaska missed four free-throws, including two intentional misses by James Wallkvist with 0.5 of a second remaining to clinch their first All-Filipino championship since 1998. Alvin Patrimonio had a series-best 22 points but went scoreless at the final quarter that helped Alaska to catch up.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reyes, Marc Anthony. "Mobiline, Gin square off today". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  2. ^ Reyes, Marc Anthony. "Alvarado out; Tanduay stuns PBA with TRO". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 18 August 2000. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  3. ^ Castillo, Musong. "TRO calls off Game 4 as controversy deepens". Sun Star Manila. Archived from the original on 9 February 2001. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  4. ^ Reyes, Marc Anthony. "Tanduay faces suspension". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 18 August 2000. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  5. ^ Reyes, Marc Anthony. "Tanduay gets 2nd TRO; game nixed indefinitely". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ Arcano, Jong. "PBA rejects Tanduay offer". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 20 June 2000. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  7. ^ Reyes, Marc Anthony. "Game 4 today; sanctions sought". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 20 June 2000. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  8. ^ Reyes, Marc Anthony. "Purefoods-Alaska Game 1 today". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 19 June 2000. Retrieved 2009-03-20.